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Re: Your latest acquisition

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Post by Davreb05 » Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:27 pm

It runs nice and smooth, the coaches are very lightweight,
no detail inside, but the engine has the power to pull them, looks like
there are pickups on one wheel set of the tender, and looks like both
sets of wheels on the engine.
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Re: Your latest acquisition

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Post by LC&DR » Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:18 am

My Rocket also runs well, fiendishly delicate though, have had to glue one of the buffers on a coach back on already. The couplings are a nightmare, they don't always fit the hooks or they fall off as soon as they are coupled, and one of the hooks actually fell off the buffer beam and has been lost. I am planning to modify the coupling arrangement using brass wire hooks instead of the plastic.
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Post by bulleidboy » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:11 am

I've noticed that a number of "bits" are just push-fit. I recently removed the front coupling hook (deliberately) from a Merchant Navy Class - it needed a pair of tweezers. When it went back, a spot of PVA went into the hole first. Couldn't the manufacturer do this?
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Re: Your latest acquisition

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Post by Steve M » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:44 am

That would double the price Barry. :D

My last pre-order from last year arrived today - GWR Dean Single, Achilles - and it’s being returned to Hornby this afternoon.

Started the running in process to find that the gears were slipping in one direction. A little investigation revealed that the screws holding the motor retaining plate have been overtightened and have stripped the threads in the chassis. The result is no pressure on the plate allowing a very small amount of vertical movement in the motor - result, slipping gears.

Shame really as it’s a handsome looking loco even with the slightly toned down RailRoad painting - it should respond well to some detailing.........eventually.

A mod that may be needed is to beef up the wiring to the pickups. All the power is collected from the bogie wheels and the trailing axle, and those wires look very fragile. Could be a fatigue point as they flex with movement of the front bogie.
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Re: Your latest acquisition

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Post by bulleidboy » Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:33 am

I suppose Hornby could always go into supplying loco's in kit form - build it yourself. The Hornby Forum could have a new section "What's Missing"! :D
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Re: Your latest acquisition

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Post by Chops » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:56 pm

Does anyone know about the availability of the re-release of the Hornby Stephenson's Rocket? I can't find any availability on the web, but
somewhere someone mentioned acquiring it. I have given up trying to repower my old Triang Rocket and will likely sell it off for parts, but
I'd really like to get my hands on the new one.

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Re: Your latest acquisition

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Post by LC&DR » Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:44 pm

Hornby has issued the Rocket set in two distinct packaging, the first is in replica red Tri-ang box which is a limited edition, and has sold out with some being sold on Ebay at inflated prices, but also as a train pack, not limited edition, in a yellow pack, which also seems to have sold out, but may be found with some dealers.
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Re: Your latest acquisition

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Post by sandy » Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:15 am

Chops wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:56 pm
Does anyone know about the availability of the re-release of the Hornby Stephenson's Rocket? I can't find any availability on the web, but
somewhere someone mentioned acquiring it. I have given up trying to repower my old Triang Rocket and will likely sell it off for parts, but
I'd really like to get my hands on the new one.
I don't know as I don't have one of these old rockets Chops. Why don't you take motor out of the loco and just run it freewheel and fit motor into one of the coaches to drive the train.
I quite fancy one of the latest editions myself but seem to have missed out as they seem sold out. But expect there may be more later in the year.
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Re: Your latest acquisition

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Post by Walkingthedog » Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:20 am

Fit a motor in the coach? Could be done but the coaches are tiny.
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Re: Your latest acquisition

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Post by sandy » Sat Mar 07, 2020 2:31 pm

I remember seeing an advert for a nice little motor with wheel assembly ready to go made for fitting into a coach or wagon for this very reason. Trouble is I can't remember where I saw it. You had to cut hole out in the floor of the coach. Easy. And fit pick-ups I guess.
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